My Attempt To Cook Like A Chef

A few weeks ago, at Dot Com Pho, we attended a cooking class with Chef Philippe Thomelin of Olivar Restaurant. Chef Philippe showed us how to cook two dishes that he served in his restaurant. Today, I decided to give the Prawns, Avocado & Orange Salad a try.

I chose to attempt that dish because it doesn’t require any cooking. It’s just a salad. How hard can it be? As I would find out, cooking like a chef is damn hard! This was the Prawns, Avocado & Orange Salad that Chef Philippe Thomelin made.

Prawns, avocado & orange salad

This how my attempt at the same dish came out.

Taste wise, I think I’ve managed to replicate about 60% of Chef Philippe’s dish. My dish tasted all kinda mashed together while Chef Philippe’s manages to maintain the distinct taste of each individual ingredient. I guess this is why he’s the chef and I’m not.

Instead of trying to cook like a chef, I think I’ll stick to eating like a chef. It’s a lot easier and whole lot better tasting.


56 thoughts on “My Attempt To Cook Like A Chef”

  1. Brian McVay says:

    Don’t worry about it. His first time probably looked similiar to yours.

    1. Not quite as fancy as some of the restaurant pics I’ve seen before from you.

      1. But John we would love to see you cooking as well … next time shoot the video of all episode …

        Single photo is not good enough …

        I must say that in single try this is simply amazing … keep trying at least one dish in one week.

        1. Hey ZK,

          I must say that I woudn*t mind seeing the episode on video either. I*ve seen John C eating many times but to see him cook is something I have yet to experience.

  2. Kent says:

    I’d still eat yours. That looks good, im hungry

    1. I’d still eat yours, WTF?

      1. Abhik says:

        Yeah!!! WTF??

  3. Nishant Soni says:

    Heh, thats pretty hilarious.
    You know what? Its always good to try something new because it always inspires you in your blogging career as well and you learn something new! Good job!

  4. Aaron koo says:

    It’s nit that hard. It’s just that your fingers are so perma stuck in a typing position that you can’t cut things properly.

  5. fazal mayar says:

    nice work john!

  6. Bogati says:

    wow! really hilarious

  7. DrDarko says:

    Oh, you should see how my Salad Olivier looks like. I really doubt that you could force yourself to eat it, still, regardless of the looks, sometimes the food just tastes good enough.
    I think that you should have that feeling of accomplishment. The food is edible and it IS your first try. If you did it ten more times, you would probably get close to 90% and that is actually the best we ordinary mortals can hope for.
    Still, kudos for you for daring to try something new…

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      60% of a master chef’s work on the first try is remarkable. If I could attain 60% of JohnChow.com on my first attempt, I’d be all set.

      How many times do you think Philippe has made that dish? Even if his first attempt was already perfect, it’s because he’s got practice at other things.

      Failure makes success, unless you give up after the first try. πŸ™‚ Like DrDarko said above, try it a few more times and it’ll at least become good enough to please and impress your family and friends.

    2. Yes colour combination is also there in your dish … Just this one is looking with more gravy.

      Keep trying it till someone beg you to stop …. Lolzzz

  8. fas says:

    How hard can it be? – You sound like Top Gear presenters.

    1. Kevin Kimes says:

      Hahahaha! Just imagining Clarkson saying that, with his peculiar accent and voice makes me laugh. Their famous words which always lead to a hilariously humiliating “challenge”.

  9. Good luck, harder said than done.

  10. Andrew says:

    Well not bad, a little bit more experience and you can become a real chef.

    1. Yes and please do not forget us to invite to taste and give our view.

  11. George Tee says:

    Hi john, nice try. It is much easier to do the Prawns, Avocado & Orange Salad than Albondigas de Cordero which needs cooking. Lookwise, your version of Prawns, Avocado & Orange Salad needs a good presentation too. Well, I agree that its more easier to judge the cooking than being judged by your cooking especially if you don’t really cook a lot.

  12. BlogGOOGLE says:

    Keep on trying John one day you will see success in cooking also.

    1. It was a decent attempt.

  13. Better keep the day job! πŸ˜‰

  14. I bet I would have thought it tasted delicous!

  15. WildWestSEO says:

    Well, you have more cooking skills than I do. 60% of a pro chef’s skill is nothing to sneeze at…or on. πŸ™‚

  16. Ha ha, Nice Try and I hope soon you will became a Pro!
    Good Luck John.

    1. I think John gave up … And he will taste instead of trying himself.

      1. John gave it a try and realized that he likes eating better than cooking. Good for him to have tried.
        I already know that I prefer eating to cooking. The most pleasure for those who can cook comes from others liking their creations.

  17. Kevin Kimes says:

    Maybe some future dot com pho will be featuring John’s own cooking? πŸ™‚

    1. I highly doubt that. John is enjoying eating things way mnore than cooking them.

  18. I think we are not used to these dishes before this. there are different in looks and also very delicious,i want to eat heartedly hummmmmm.

  19. Kavya Hari says:

    It’s different work from your side. So, i appreciate you πŸ™‚

  20. Plating wise, I think you just need a little tissue to brush the messy sauce and you somehow replicate the look of Chef Philippe’s dish. πŸ™‚

  21. PPC Ian says:

    Looks like a fun time, John! Nice effort on your dish!

  22. Matt says:

    Cooking is certainly an art form. You realize it when you try to create those fancy dishes. I’ll stick to eating the food like you πŸ™‚

  23. Good luck John, harder said than done.

  24. My foolish wife is so poor in Cooking and I told her to follow John, ha ha. Cause At leas she can give a try for cooking. But she never try for it.

  25. All the credit goes to website designer.looks really neat and relative taste…

  26. Wow nice attempt. I wish I have your guts and try cooking too. I love to eat but cooking is never been my expertise.

  27. Include cheese…?

  28. Health Blog says:

    Hi John
    I know you attempted to cook like a professional chef, but can you really cook like a chef? I am a very bad cook myself. πŸ™‚

  29. Hei John i buy a recepiee book and give it to my wife to learn something and she is trying but wasting my money too. ha ha

  30. oh! by the John my mother can cook very well and we enjoy her cook every time we eat.

  31. The dish looks so yammy love to eat it

  32. Cooking is an art, a great art at that. Good to see that so many people are still interested in it. And remember John, practice makes perfect. That chef has years and years refining his dishes =P

  33. Whitney says:

    Ha ha, awesome John! It looks to me like you were successful in your efforts! I would eat it, it looks delicous!

  34. cooking is fun, but sometimes need to have lot of practice, I’m also not a chef but I keep on practicing.

  35. flash game says:

    hi john i think it’s a great try u can be a great chef.

  36. Forex News says:

    All the credit goes to website designer.looks really neat and relative taste…

  37. Erwin Miradi says:

    I think perhaps it’s because we have different menu in our country. But seriously, that looks like it can turn into a slimy little monster…

  38. enzo testa says:

    You should see me cook. If there was a way I could burn water, I probably could πŸ˜‰

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